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University announces Reagan speechwriter as 2019 Commencement speaker

first_imgEditor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in the print edition of The Observer on Dec. 3, 2018. Peggy Noonan — one of President Ronald Reagan’s speechwriters and a Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist — will deliver the 2019 commencement address at the May 19 graduation ceremony, the University announced Monday.“Peggy Noonan is universally admired for the stirring prose, keen insight and the moral perspective of her commentary on America and the world,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a University press release. “I look forward to welcoming her to Notre Dame and hearing her address to our graduates.”Before becoming Reagan’s speechwriter in 1984, Noonan graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and worked at CBS News’ radio division. She worked on some of Reagan’s most well-known speeches, including the “Boys of Pointe du Hoc.” The speech commemorated the 40th anniversary of D-Day and “is considered one of the century’s top 60 speeches of any kind,” the release said. Noonan also worked with Reagan on his address to the nation after the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion, which is among the 20th century’s top-10 political speeches, according to the release.When George H. W. Bush ran for president in 1988, Noonan helped him craft his acceptance speech, which included references to “a kinder, gentler nation” and “a thousand points of light.” Currently, Noonan writes a weekly political column for The Wall Street Journal titled “Declarations.” Noonan first began writing the column in 2000, and it appears in the newspaper’s weekend edition, according to the release. In 2017, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary that “connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns.”Noonan served as a consultant on NBC’s “The West Wing” and has written nine books on American history, politics and culture, the release said. She also contributed to “Character Above All,” a book of essays on the American presidency.She also has a background in academia, having worked as an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, a history instructor at Yale University and a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.Tags: 2019 commencement address, 2019 graduation, Commencement, Peggy Noonanlast_img read more

Brentwood Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in the driver’s hometown of Brentwood on Thursday night.Suffolk County police said Nicholas Takaki, 27, was driving a Lincoln eastbound on Express Drive South when he struck a pedestrian crossing the street shortly before 6 p.m.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead.The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Primary infrastructure as a cancer-wound of our tourist destinations

first_imgAlso, is anyone thinking of making a profit from tourism strategically and targeted at some new industry? It is never good for the economy of the state or the ugly to depend on only one economic branch, and especially not only on tourism which is prone to various conditions which we cannot control or have an influence on the same. When if not to ask this question now, when do we have a secure income? Photo: City of Dubrovnik I always point out that larger cities on the Adriatic, precisely because of tourism, should have the best schools, kindergartens and a much higher quality of life, not for three months, but throughout the year. Also, not everyone lives from tourism, ie not everyone has an apartment for rent. These people have nothing from tourism, except big crowds, higher prices, noise, etc.… as they suffer because of tourism, they must have the feeling that they have some benefit from it. It is through raising the quality of the local community and other various benefits that citizens must see that the earnings from tourism are reinvested precisely in raising the quality of life in the destination. The total value of the project for the construction of a pumping station with a drinking water treatment plant and accompanying infrastructure facilities is HRK 56.516.480 and is financed from a HABOR loan and is planned to be reimbursed in the maximum amount from EU funds. Last week, one of the capital infrastructure projects was realized in Dubrovnik – drinking water purifier in Komolac, which will significantly raise the quality of life in Dubrovnik, primarily for the citizens of Dubrovnik, and thus for tourists. The turbidity of the water in Dubrovnik is becoming history. Tourism is much more than counting overnight stays and accommodation. We need to become aware and start strategically and sustainably dealing with the development of tourism. News that should have been published ten or more years ago, and not just in 2019. Thus, the citizens of Dubrovnik will finally have clean drinking water 365 days a year. Finally, well done. Where has the money from tourism been invested and reinvested all these years, not only in Dubrovnik, but in all our tourist destinations? How can we develop tourism at all if we don’t have drinking water, sewage goes to the sea, we have power outages and general congestion, we don’t have parking, we have a problem with garbage disposal, we don’t have tourist destinations… what questions should cities ask themselves before 10 and for many years, as well as the citizens themselves. In a container with a capacity of 10 liters, we can not put 100 liters of water. Excess water will leak out. So it is with the sewer network. And parking has its maximum capacity, as well as electricity, which has its own capacity. If there is too much overload then it shoots The meaning of tourism is, among other things, to raise the quality of life in the local community, because logically, it is through tourism that I realize the importance of income. Otherwise, tourism does not make sense – to live on rent, if the profit does not remain in Croatia or if we encourage imports through tourism. To conclude, one of the biggest tourist problems is right in the tour. destinations, because they are the ones who develop tourism. Not MINT and CNTB, they put some framework, strategy, promotion, direction of movement, etc.… but ultimately our destinations are in charge of tourism development. Unfortunately, even today, after decades of successful tourism, our destinations are bursting at the seams due to basic and primary infrastructural problems – water, electricity, parking, sewerage. Funny, isn’t it? All this shows that we did not deal with tourism strategically and sustainably. We also did not deal with raising the offer and content, but we only raised prices from year to year. Although this is not a question of price, but value for money. And ultimately, this is where the biggest problem of our tourism lies. And especially this year – we are simply too expensive, and we do not offer that quality. Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković also announced the project of the Dubrovnik Agglomeration, worth 680 million kuna, within which the sewerage network will be built to the end, and at the same time another extremely important device for sewage treatment, which is a prerequisite for clean sea. It is not yet known when the mentioned projects will be realized. Great news, but the question arises why only in 2019, Dubrovnik, as a top tourist destination in Croatia, gets drinking water 365 days a year? Of course, this is not a question for the mayor of Dubrovnik, because under his leadership the project was realized, but for all previous authorities so far. We are talking about Dubrovnik, which generates among the highest revenues from tourism. So, in July 2019, Dubrovnik finally gets drinking water. And the final solution to the problem of sewage network and sewage treatment plant is still in the pipeline. In Croatia, only the Split-Dalmatia County last year conducted a study of the reception capacity of tourism in its area. Study of the reception capacities of tourism, which is the first document of a tourist region in Croatia that defines the total load accommodation capacity for the area of ​​each of the six clusters in the county. How to develop tourism without such a study? While going goes… We have expanded cities wildly and without a plan and strategy, without developing the infrastructure that can withstand that expansion. in the final analysis, how many maximum destinations can a tourist destination receive without cracking at the seams? The issue of sustainable growth and development, which has been totally lost due to tourism and short-term views. Now it all comes down to billing. And the question is can we and how much money and time will we need to change the image of our tourism, with a focus on quality? What if tourism stops? Do we have another industry that we develop and encourage thanks to tourism, in order to reduce dependence on only one industry? last_img read more

CBRE forges Middle Eastern alliances

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‘Slow response’: How Britain became worst-hit in Europe by virus

first_imgBut criticism has intensified that his government’s response has been slow and muddled.”It’s extraordinary [to be] approaching 30,000 deaths in this country now,” David King, the top scientific advisor from 2000 to 2007, told BBC television last week.”What we see is a whole panoply of actions that need to take place to manage a pandemic of this kind, and yet there seems to have been an absence here. “We seem to be in a very reactive mode. So I am very critical of the slow response.” Strategy shift  Johnson, who spent three days in hospital intensive care battling the virus, has faced accusations of initially not taking the outbreak seriously enough.In early March, with the World Health Organization warning of a potential pandemic, his government was promoting rigorous hand-washing as the best defense, alongside limited contact tracing.Johnson proclaimed he was still shaking people’s hands after meeting patients on March 3.Two days later, officials announced Britain’s first COVID-19 death.As case numbers started to spiral by mid-March, contact tracing — which involves finding and testing people who have been in proximity with those infected — was largely abandoned.The strategy has been used intensively by countries such as South Korea and New Zealand to keep transmission rates and death counts low.Instead, the UK government said it would try to suppress case numbers to stagger demand on the state-run National Health Service (NHS) through social distancing measures. That followed a dire warning from Imperial College London that suppression was “the preferred policy option” to curb the virus’s spread and prevent hundreds of thousands of potential deaths.The shift appeared to acknowledge that the transmission of COVID-19 in Britain was out of control, but Johnson initially stopped short of ordering a lockdown.Meanwhile, Vallance sowed confusion after he suggested allowing some “herd immunity” to develop in the population.Ministers swiftly denied this was their intent, calling it “a scientific concept, not a goal”. It releases weekly updates for periods up to two weeks prior and, alongside updated numbers from health agencies in Britain’s devolved regions, showed 32,313 deaths from the virus.That compares with nearly 68,700 who have died in the United States and more than 29,000 in Italy.The government’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance had said limiting Britain’s toll to 20,000 would be “a good outcome”.Johnson maintains that expert advice has been followed throughout. Britain now has the world’s second-highest cumulative coronavirus death toll, behind only the United States, after updated official figures released on Tuesday showed it had surpassed Italy.The grim milestone seemed unthinkable just two months ago, when the country recorded its first fatality and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was “extremely well prepared [for] all eventualities”.Britain’s toll has jumped dramatically on several occasions as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) — which tallies all deaths, including those from the virus outside hospital — has updated the count.center_img Topics : Ramped up response On March 20, with cases and deaths surging, schools, pubs, restaurants, gyms and other social venues were ordered to close.Three days later Johnson said people should go outside only to buy food, exercise once a day or travel to work if they could not do so from home. But on deaths alone, Britain — and the global city of London in particular — became an epicenter of the outbreak.There were 10,000 hospital deaths by mid-April — including nearly 1,000 on April 8 — and the toll doubled again within two weeks.Debate continues over the true extent of fatalities in Britain, given different reporting methods internationally and comparisons of per capita rates of infections and mortality.Meanwhile, with the lockdown crippling the economy and no easing date yet announced, Britain is aiming to revert to the contact tracing tactics which critics argue it should never have abandoned. Health Secretary Matt Hancock pledged to increase tests to 100,000 a day by the end of April and hire more than 18,000 tracers to work alongside a new tracing app due out mid-May.Although he met the target and trials of the app are taking place this week on the Isle of Wight, experts have criticized the government for taking so long to reach this point.Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet medical journal, described the overall UK response as “the biggest science policy failure in a generation”.”If we had used February to scale up capacity for testing and contact tracing, and to begin surge capacity for intensive care bed use, it’s absolutely clear we would have saved lives,” he told the Financial Times recently.last_img read more

TikTok booms in Southeast Asia as it picks path through political minefields

first_imgSoutheast Asia offers a clear view of the global strategy ByteDance is implementing to avoid crackdowns in other regions that influencers like Saputra now fear. The approach is to launch ‘non-political’ products fast, promising to governments in places like Vietnam that content will be tightly policed in accordance with local laws, according to interviews with a dozen current and former employees.The region is now key to the future of TikTok and ByteDance: The Chinese firm is already plugging TikTok as part of a suite of interconnected apps for live video streaming, messaging and music, tackling US behemoths Facebook and Google head on as both pour billions into Southeast Asia.ByteDance declined to comment for this article, and it’s unclear whether or how the prospective sale of operations in the United States and elsewhere might effect Southeast Asia. But in his base in Sukabumi, West Java province, Saputra is only too aware of risks.”Of course I do think about it … It would be so disappointing if TikTok was erased from Indonesia,” Saputra told Reuters, speaking before filming a sketch www.tiktok.com/@sandys.ss in a paddy field. Topics : At 19, Sandy Saputra is big on TikTok Indonesia. Within a year, he’s leapt from quiet, small-town life to star influencer status as more than 10.5 million followers lap up his toothy grin in dancing, pranking and lip-synching videos on the booming app.Sandy’s success, becoming his family’s main breadwinner as global brands like Coca Cola or Suntory pay to have their names on his light-hearted clips, comes as TikTok mushrooms across Southeast Asia. Data trackers show it’s been downloaded hundreds of millions of times already in a region with a collective population of 630 million – half of them under 30.But it also comes as concerns over how secure user data is in the hands of its Chinese owner ByteDance summon big storm clouds elsewhere – TikTok has been banned in India and President Donald Trump has ordered ByteDance to sell its US operations, triggering the resignation on Thursday of only recently installed CEO Kevin Mayer.center_img “It wasn’t planned out. I was an ordinary person, making videos like any other normal person, who didn’t have an idea on how this would play out,” said Saputra, now adding hundreds of thousands of TikTok followers every week.Sister appsIn the meantime, TikTok is ploughing ahead testing ‘creator’ marketplaces across the region, championing influencers like Saputra, and negotiating data deals with telecoms firms to keep a lid on consumers’ smartphone bills, according to interviews with current and former staffers.It’s chasing small to medium-sized businesses as advertisers – nearly nine out of every 10 firms in Southeast Asia are classified as small – complete with how-to-advertise seminars, millions of dollars in advertising credits, and a self-service platform for businesses to make their own ads.TikTok is piloting live-streaming commercial initiatives pioneered in China, Southeast Asia business marketing head Chew Wee Ng said in an interview with Reuters. Meanwhile ByteDance is heavily promoting sister apps like Singapore-headquartered business messaging service Lark and music streaming service Resso.“TikTok is really unique in that people expect to see advertisers and they want to co-create with brands,” said Ng, a former Google executive based in Singapore.According to data from app analytics firm Sensor Tower, TikTok has had more than 360 millions downloads in Southeast Asia, nearly half of them in Indonesia, with 151 percent growth year-on-year for 2020.An internal ByteDance 2019 presentation reviewed by Reuters showed that last year TikTok had 43.5 million monthly active users in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia, with the majority female, the biggest online consumers in the region.The app grew staggeringly fast in recent months, sources said, as lockdowns enforced across the region to tackle the coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay home. In Indonesia, Saputra said he’s been acquiring 100,000 followers every three days.Local moderatorsWith growth has come increased government scrutiny, but ByteDance has already had plenty of experience dealing with that. As on other business matters, ByteDance declined to comment on its handling of scrutiny.Indonesia presented one of its first major global policy challenges in 2018, after authorities briefly banned TikTok for posts they said contained “pornography, inappropriate content and blasphemy”.Within 24 hours, the firm had dispatched senior executives to negotiate with Indonesia, promising to raise the age of its users and to hire a team of local moderators, according to sources and to the-then Indonesian communications minister.It would quickly copy this approach by installing moderators across its Southeast Asian markets in a bid to insure compliance with local laws.Reuters reported in August that from 2018 until 2020, ByteDance censored content that it perceived as critical of the Chinese government on a news aggregator app in Indonesia known as BaBe at the behest of ByteDance’s China headquarters.As of August 2020, most of the content guidelines have been localised for individual Southeast Asian countries. That has often meant strict censorship of local political content.In Thailand, where a youth protest movement is challenging the country’s monarchy, some users told Reuters their pro-protest videos had been taken down.’In Vietnam, China is political’In Vietnam, TikTok has blocked most political content for years, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The company declined to comment.Hanoi has been in a long-running conflict with US tech giants over demands to restrict any content deemed against the state and create local offices in Vietnam.Reuters reported in April that Facebook agreed to increase censorship of “anti-state” posts in Vietnam after its local servers were temporarily taken off-line.ByteDance, which unlike big US tech players does have an office in the country, decided to pre-empt issues with the government by promising to make its app ‘non-political’.Due to Vietnam’s contentious relationship with China, ByteDance decided it would also ban content critical of Beijing, and anything related to tensions between the two governments.“In Vietnam, China is political,” one source said.The approach has been effective. TikTok now counts Vietnam, a multi-billion dollar market for social media firms, as among its most profitable in Asia, according to sources with knowledge of the matter, while launching regular campaigns with authorities on safety and tourism.Back in West Java, Sandy Saputra aims to keep on flashing grins and goofing around on TikTok.“To me, this isn’t a job,” he said, before breaking away into another dance routine. “It’s a hobby that makes money.”last_img read more

Norway’s KLP names 27 coal company exclusions

first_imgThe list covers companies across the globe, including those based in the US, China, India and Japan.Among the names are Peabody Energy Corporation – the world’s largest private-sector coal company – and electric utilities company American Electric Power.The list also includes coal mining company China Coal Energy Company, and China Resources Power Holdings Company, which develops and operates coal-burning power plants.Other names are Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, and Exxaro Resources, the South Africa-based diversified resources group.Jeanett Bergan, head of responsible investment at KLP, said: “This is the first step in an effort to purge our investments of coal.“We have attempted to establish a sensible balance between investments in new renewable energy production, divestment of coal companies and the exertion of shareholder influence.”Bergan added: “The next step now is to press companies to move in a more climate-friendly direction and reduce their carbon emissions.“Companies with substantial coal-based operations that prove unwilling or unable to change will run the risk of being excluded.” Norway’s largest pension fund manager KLP has excluded 27 coal companies from its investment portfolio.The local authority pension provider announced on 19 November that it would divest from companies that derive a substantial proportion of their revenues from coal, while investing an extra NOK500m in the development of new renewable energy capacity.KLP’s first evaluation of coal holdings has now resulted in divestment of equities and bonds in 27 companies for a total amount of NOK386m (€44m).The KLP Group has total assets of NOK470bn.last_img read more

PLSA sets out vision of UK ‘superfund’ consolidation regime

first_img“The taskforce… estimated that the total annual cost savings for schemes merging [services, governance and asset management] would be in the region of £1.2bn per annum . These savings, while beneficial, will not address the £400bn shortfall in DB funding .” “We estimate that benefit simplification could reduce the cost of administration services by over 50% .” “Indeed, for some employers the cost and uncertainty of these DRCs will further jeopardise their future, diverting money away from crucial investment in developing their businesses and improving the productivity of their workforce.”He added: “Time is running out for a solution to the challenges DB schemes face, and it is more vital than ever that industry and policymakers work together to protect the millions of people whose retirement savings are at risk.”ConsolidationThe PLSA reiterated its previous calls for consolidation to be facilitated through so-called “superfunds”.The taskforce’s report claimed there was “potential to create superfunds which can provide members with 100% of benefits”. Previous research from the taskforce had indicated that schemes with the weakest level of employer covenant had only a 32% chance of paying benefits in full.It proposed creating funds backed by commercial sponsors, and suggested there were multiple ways for making such vehicles attractive to capital providers, including promising a share of any funding surplus generated by the scheme.What a “superfund” would look likeOccupational pension schemeAuthorised and supervised by the Pensions RegulatorEligible for the Pension Protection Fund in case of sponsor failureAim to pay full benefits in “more than 90% of scenarios”Backed by a dedicated, single-purpose commercial sponsorBenefits to be simplified into a common structureEntry to the superfund would require joint agreement between scheme trustees and original sponsoring employerEmployer would be charged a fee for entering the scheme into the superfund, designed to “substantially reduce scheme underfunding” “We believe employers would pay more [to a superfund] if as a result they could be released from future liability for the scheme.”The DB Taskforce’s full report is available here. “We do not pretend to think benefit simplification is an easy or cost-free exercise . But in our view it is worth undertaking, because rationalising benefits in individual schemes and across the sector will have many short- and long-term benefits.” Research commissioned by the PLSA found that 65% of employers supported the “principle of consolidation”. In particular, employers supported shared administration (72%), shared external advisers (66%), and pooling assets under one asset manager (54%), as is underway within the local government pension scheme.Simplifying benefitsOne of the biggest challenges to consolidation among UK pension funds is the huge variation in scheme rules and benefit structures. Even within schemes sponsored by the same employer there can be several types of benefit resulting from merger activity or other changes made by the trustees.However, the PLSA’s taskforce maintained it was possible to amend existing legislation to allow trustees to “modify” their schemes as long as members had equivalent benefits after the modifications were applied.The taskforce’s report advocated the creation of a “white-list regime”, setting out a number of requirements trustees would have to meet in order to simplify or “harmonise” benefits.Key quotes from the DB Taskforce’s report (emphasis added):“The schemes run by employers in traditional industries, such as manufacturing or bricks-and-mortar retail, were established at a time when firms in these sectors were thriving. The changing landscape of UK industry means that this is no longer the case today, and DB schemes are now disproportionately concentrated in sectors which are no longer as robust as they once were .” “The large number of small schemes in the UK DB system means that schemes may struggle to fix the problem of underfunding and deal with the issue of a weaker covenant by themselves.” The taskforce said its proposals would require adjustments to existing rules rather than “wholesale change to regulation”.The report stated: “The duty upon trustees to make decisions in members’ best interests means that they would only agree to transfer to a superfund if they were confident it would provide a better outcome for members over and above the other options available… We believe that this would provide sufficient protection for members.”The PLSA also proposed the introduction of a DB Chair’s Letter, to be published annually and sent to the regulator and members, detailing how the trustees were acting in members’ best interests and, crucially, explaining the trustee board’s consideration of consolidation. The UK’s trade body for pension funds has laid out an ambitious and detailed plan for an overhaul of the country’s defined benefit (DB) system aimed at improving prospects for the weakest schemes.“It is more vital than ever that industry and policymakers work together to protect the millions of people whose retirement savings are at risk”Ashok Gupta, PLSAThe Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s (PLSA) DB Taskforce today set out how regulators and government could facilitate significant consolidation and simplification to reduce costs and reduce the number of schemes that would fall into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). Its report cited the successful consolidation projects that have taken place in the Netherlands and Australia in recent years.Ashok Gupta, chair of the DB Taskforce, said in his introduction to the taskforce’s report: “Millions of people’s retirement incomes are now at risk with approximately 3m people in DB schemes having only a 50% chance of seeing their benefits paid in full, despite the fact that employers are paying out billions each year in deficit recovery contributions (DRCs).last_img read more

Mildred O. “Micky” Platt, age 81

first_imgMildred (Micky) Opal Shell Platt, age 81, of Brookville, Indiana, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at her residence. Born September 5th, 1934 in Osgood, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Silas and Fanny Estridge Shell. On August 3, 1968, she was united in marriage to Eldon Dale Platt at Western Hills Church of Christ in Cincinnati, and he survives. Micky was a 1952 graduate of Brookville High School. She also graduated from Cincinnati Bible Seminary with a Bachelor of Sacred Literature Degree and graduated from the Christ Hospital School of Nursing. She worked full time in the emergency room at McCullough Hyde Hospital in Oxford, Ohio until her first child was born. After that, she was a homemaker, except working part time for several years as a nurse for Dr. Seal in Brookville, and filling in at Dreyer Nursing Home for a nurse who was on a temporary leave of absence. Her education at Cincinnati Bible Seminary helped in making wise decisions in everyday life with herself, family and church family. She used her nursing skills to help others. For example, she volunteered as Camp Nurse at Mahoning Valley Christian Service Camp, taking her role very seriously, as she loved to work with children. She was especially good at comforting those going through difficult times with kindness and compassion. Micky was a devoted member of the Brookville Church of Christ, where she helped lead a children’s choir called “Joyful Noise” when her children were young, and also led a ladies Bible study called “Adventures in Christian Living,” as well as, worked in the nursery, Vacation Bible School, and other ministries of the church. Besides Dale, her husband of over 47 years, survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Jenni and Jeremy Souders of New Lisbon, Indiana; and one son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Susan Platt of Laurel, Indiana; nine grandchildren: Tabbi, Dee Dee, Micki, Kari and Jay Souders, and Cole, Cloe, Carter and Cilas Platt; brothers, Ed Shell, Ron Shell and Nelson Shell, sisters, Geneva Slagle, and Mattie Sampson, as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Pearl Clause and Betty Tirey, brothers, Chester Shell and Art Shell, and grandson, Jeffrey Caleb Souders. Jeff Souders, minister of Franklin Christian Fellowship, will officiate the Funeral Service on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at the Brookville Church of Christ, 212 E. 10th Street, at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will be held at the Brookville Church of Christ from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville on Tuesday, April 19th. Memorial Donations may be directed to the Brookville Church of Christ, Oak Forest Church of Christ, or Mahoning Valley Christian Service Camp. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Platt family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Minister Henry lauds GCB

first_imgMinister within the Ministry of Education with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr. Nicolette Henry has lauded the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) for its role in the development of the sport locally.She also reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to working with the GCB in order to ensure continued success, building on the country’s recent performances at all levels of the game.Ministry of Education with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr. Nicolette Henry delivering her remarks.Minister Henry was speaking at the GCB annual awards ceremony on Thursday evening at the Umana Yana.“Let me first of all congratulate the Guyana Cricket Board for the excellent work it has done over the years and continue to do so in nurturing our cricketers. The fact that Guyana has produced so many outstanding cricketers both male and female who have gained not only regional, but international recognition, is a testimony of the commendable work that the GCB has done.“I also wish to congratulate, particularly our cricketers, who have done well locally, regionally and internationally, you have made us proud,” Minister Henry said.She also commended the other awardees for the roles they have played in making cricket such a popular and excited game locally.Laushana Toussaint receives the most improved female Cricketer-of-the-Year 2016 award from Minister within the Ministry of Education with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr. Nicolette Henry.Dr. Henry, while reaffirmed the government’s commitment in providing whatever assistance in order to develop the sport across the country, implored on the GCB to pursue talents and nurture them so that the rich legacy will preserve and pass on to the next generation.“I wish to reaffirm the government’s commitment in providing whatever little assistance we can provide in order to develop the sport across the country. There is cricketing talent in every region in this country and I challenge you the GCB to seek out these talents and nurture them so that the rich legacy that we are enjoying now will preserve and pass on to the next generation,” the Minister pointed out.In addition, Minister Henry further indicated that the strength and legacy of club cricket in Guyana is rich, and in many ways unparalleled in the region, and the recent good showing of the Guyana Jaguars was a testimony.Meanwhile, Leon Johnson won the Cricketer-of-the-Year award while Shemaine Campbelle was adjudged Female Cricketer-of-the-Year.Johnson was also the winner of the Regional Senior Cricketer-of-the-Year, but it was 17-year-old Bhaskar Yadram, who was the star of the evening, winning four awards.The opening batsman received the (late) Roy Fredericks Trophy for being adjudged Junior Cricketer-of-the-Year.Acting Prime Minister, Vice President and Minsiter of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge hands over the Lance Gibbs Trophy to Gudakesh Motie for been the most improved male Cricketer-of-the-Year 2016.He also received an award for being the Most Valuable Player in this year’s Regional Under-19 tournament and received two more awards for scoring the most runs in the Regional Under-19 tournament.He also won an award with Kevin Sinclair for the most wickets in the Regional Under-19 tournament.Laushana Toussaint copped the most improved female Cricketer-of-the-Year award, while Gudakesh Motie, received the Lance Gibbs Trophy for being the most improved male Cricketer-of-the-Year.Devendra Bishoo was rewarded in recognition of his outstanding performances for the West Indies senior team, while Sachin Singh received awards for scoring the most runs in this year’s Regional Under-15 tournament and also the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.Nigel Deodat, who took the most wickets in this year’s Regional Under-15 tournament also received an award, while Joshua Persaud won two awards, one for scoring the most runs in this year’s Regional Under-17 tournament and for being the Most Valuable Player in the said tournament.Chairman of GCB junior selection panel Nazimul Drepaul presents Joshua Persaud with one of his trophy.The other individual winner was Keemo Paul who received an award for being the Most Valuable Player in the Regional Under-19 tournament.Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club won the GCB President’s Trophy for being adjudged the Club of the Year.Further Special Service Awards went to umpires, Shannon Crawford, Ryan Banwarie and Javed Persaud, cricket administrator Aotto Christiani, curator Chatterpaul Singh and cricket journalist Avenash Ramzan.The ceremony was also attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting Prime Minister Carl Greenidge, West Indies Cricket Board Director Conde Riley and Guyana Olympic Association president K.A Juman Yassin.Curator Chatterpaul Singh receives his accolade from Scotiabank Marketing Manager Jennifer Cipriani.last_img read more